Thoughts on whole home water filters? As we’re putting in PEX piping, we’re installing water filters at the kitchen and bathroom faucets. I’d also like to have chlorine filtered out of our tub/shower and laundry water via a whole home filter, but I’m trying to figure out if it is a good or bad thing to filter the chlorine out of the whole home. On one hand, it seems chlorine isn’t good for PEX. On the other hand, if I remove the chlorine from the whole home, then what’s going to keep bacteria/microorganisms from growing in the pipes in my house? I tend to overthink stuff like this, and can’t find much online to sort out this conflict. Thoughts?
Go whole home filter.
Most of the issues with microorganisms are when water sits. If you regularly use your water you will be fine.
I had one in NV and loved it. Did have PEX pipes, no problems in 13 years. Live in Bear Valley and thinking of putting in my new house. No problems with microorganisms.
I have well water, so no chlorine, and haven’t had a single problem with water quality. I wouldn’t worry about it.
We had RO system in kitchen and hooked to ice maker as well at last house. I wasn’t too concerned about laundry or showers to run it elsewhere
I have a pelican system. No bacteria issues as long as filter and carbon are changed out per schedule. Which I think is around every 50000 gallons. There is a type of pink bacteria that homes with whole house systems are subject to. Which can lead to UTIs and other things. It can be killed with bleach. Oh yea I love having a whole house filter system.
If the water that came to your home was chlorinated, it killed anything that was in there. Filtering the chlorine out at the point where it reaches your pipes isn’t going to all of sudden make it full of dangerous bacteria. I don’t know that I know enough about whole home filters to have an opinion about them, but don’t let the threat of bacteria deter you.
What kind of bacteria do you have in your area that you worry about them getting into your pipes? Seems like you should either install piping that can handle your incoming water and a stand-alone water filter, or you should go incoming water filter and not worry so much about water-borne illnesses unless you live in a cryptosporidium zone or something.